Eight more sleeps to go...

December 16, 2015

Father Christmas will soon be on his way.  Here are two wonderful, classic books that celebrate the magic of Christmas.  

The Night Before Christmas

Clement C. Moore (author) and Niroot Puttapipat (illustrator)

Walker Books ISBN: 978-1-4063-0200-4

First published as a poem in 1823, this has remained a true Christmas classic - a favourite amongst generations of readers.  Although this is a book that has been published and enjoyed in many different formats, the exquisite paper cut illustrations make this a particularly beautiful edition.  The simple silhouettes and minimal colour palette manage to capture the joy of the festive season.  

 

Letters from Father Christmas

J.R.R Tolkien (author)

Harper Collins Publishers ISBN:  0-261-10386-5

"Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R Tolkien's children.  Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches."

These letters told wonderful tales of life in the Frozen North:  how reindeer got loose and caused mayhem, how a very accident prone polar bear got got into another predicament and so much more.  These letters were from Father Christmas himself.

Filled with whimsical charm and humour, these letters are an absolute delight to share with children of any age.